AT&T: Expansion Plans should support Sales Growth and Shares

On 2014/12/07, in Uncategorized, by Staff

AT&T (NYSE: T) is the second-largest U.S. wireless carrier with nearly 100 million customers across a broad mix of telecommunications services. AT&T still offers local phone services in 22 states as well as internet, television, data services and web hosting. The company books 55% of sales from wireless services, followed by wireline data and managed […]


Clorox: A great company but a not-so-great investment

On 2014/08/20, in Uncategorized, by Staff

With a market capitalization of $11.5 billion, the Clorox Company (CLX) is the smaller of the mega-cap consumer products companies. Clorox is more focused than competitors, only competing in three segments: cleaning products (approximately 40% of sales), household products (35%) and lifestyle (25%). The company is slightly less internationally diversified than peers with 78% of […]


After a Strong Increase, Cisco Shares May Still be A Buy

On 2014/06/12, in Uncategorized, by Staff

Cisco is the leader in its core market of switches and routers for network connectivity but has also made significant progress to expand its product offers into other categories. The company’s other business lines include data center, enterprise wireless and security. In the past, these were primarily ancillary offerings that were basically add-ons to the […]


Best of Breed Dividend Investing

On 2014/03/05, in Uncategorized, by Staff

Sometimes, it seems there are more methods to pick stocks than there are stocks themselves. Investors have to decide whether to focus on top-down or bottom-up analysis then must continuously monitor the economy and events internal and external to the companies in their portfolio. Investing in Best of Breed companies makes the whole process a […]


Take A Look At These Dividend Stocking-Stuffers

On 2013/12/24, in Uncategorized, by Staff

Stocking gifts are not the only good things that come in small packages. Small-cap stocks can offer investors market-beating growth and still provide a regular dividend stream. Look for companies with strong sales growth, a return on assets above 10% and a positive history of increasing cash returns. Can small companies be good dividend plays? […]


4 Dividend Stocks to Hold and 1 to Buy This November

On 2012/11/12, in Blog, by Staff

The upgrades continue to outpace the downgrades so far in November for stocks that pay dividends.  We went through all the analyst rating changes for the last few days to identify upgrades and downgrades for stocks with a dividend yield of 2% or more.  We have provided the reason for the new rating from the […]


7 Dividend Stocks These Analysts Won’t Buy

On 2012/11/08, in Blog, by Staff

More than 20 dividend stocks have received new ratings from analysts already in November.  Only 7 of those stocks have been downgrades.  Each of the stocks on this list has a dividend yield of 2% or more.  We have listed the reason for the downgrade and the new price target if the investment firm made […]


Reactions to Spain, and Q3 Earnings Season To Start This Week

On 2012/10/01, in News, by Miranda Marquit

Last week ended with Spain as the big news. Now that investors have had a weekend to mull over what’s been learned, we will get an idea of what the markets think of the current eurozone situation. On Thursday, Spain revealed its budget for the next fiscal year. As expected, the government stayed away from […]


Markets Look to Spain, Middle East, and Apple

On 2012/09/24, in News, by Miranda Marquit

Markets are looking to see what happens on a few fronts right now. There is interest in what is next for the eurozone, thanks to the rumors that Spain might be ready to cave and ask for bailout funds. On top of that, the Middle East could be flaring up again, as protests and outrage […]

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QE3 Ends Up Being Quantitative Easing Unchained

On 2012/09/17, in News, by Miranda Marquit

The really big news last week was the announcement of QE3. After a two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting, Fed Chair Ben Bernanke announced that another round of quantitative easing is in order. But he didn’t just announce a set figure for injection into the economy. Instead, he announced an unlimited program. Unlike the previous […]